In response to feedback, the Queenstown Park Station open day for recreational mountain bike riding has a couple of route options this year, indicated on the map (below > scroll down).
The 'Station Loop' ride is a scenic return loop via a midway picnic beach, starting and ending at Boyd Road. This option is 18km in total, with the midway picnic beach at around 9km into the ride.
Following the huge success from last year we are having a picnic beach again, and we’ll be joined by a selection of food providers so you can buy snacks, coffee and lunch. You’re also very welcome to bring your own picnic too and we’ll provide toilets here and a water top-up station.
The beauty of this option is that the whole family, or group of friends, can park at Boyd Road, enjoy the ride together and all return to their vehicles by 4pm – there’s no need for someone to miss out and have to drive to the opposite end of the Station to pick people up. Terrain for this ride is on undulating farm track (marked green on the map), with some hills, a stream crossing and the possibility of a few sandy spots.
This is the longer ride option, and although it’s 18km in total, you have from 9:30am – 4pm to complete the trip. To ensure all riders safely leave the Station, we will have marshals and a sign out desk at the Boyd Road exit, you must take the time to stop and give your registration number. We recommend you bring plenty of water, snacks and sun protection for an enjoyable ride.
When you register, we’ll ask you for an indication of which ride you think you’d like to do. This is purely for indicative purposes only and you’re most welcome to change your mind on the day as your ride gets underway.
If you would like a shorter option, try the 'Station to Chard Farm’ which is 13.5km.
'Station to Chard Farm Ride and return to Boyd Rd’ ride – For the very fit who would like a bigger challenge are welcome to ride to Chard Farm and return to Boyd Rd (27km)